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Saudi Arabia Falls Victim to Shamoon Again

by Michela Menting | 4Q 2016 | IN-4380

The infamous Shamoon cyberattack that wiped 35,000 PCs faced by oil giant Saudi Aramco in 2012, surfaced again, but this time targeting Saudi government organizations: the Monetary Agency (the country’s central bank), the General Authority of Civil Aviation, and the Ministry of Transportation, among others. The malware used (Disttrack) is a highly effective disk-wiping worm, and was launched by unknown attackers in mid-November 2016 against Saudi Arabia in an effort to cause maximum destruction to IT systems. Security firms (Symantec, CrowdStrike, Palo Alto, FireEye, etc.) are only now releasing details about the attack.

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